The New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, which includes Bishop John Wester of Santa Fe, Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, and Bishop James Wall of Gallup, released a statement regarding the recent videos that show leaders of Planned Parenthood discussing the procurement of fetal body parts from abortion clinics.
The Bishops of New Mexico are in solidarity with Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap., Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We urge the civil authorities of our State to be vigilant that these practices of the sale of fetal tissue do not happen in New Mexico.
We reach out to all who have participated in an abortion and may be experiencing trauma from the discovery that the remains of their aborted child may have been desecrated. We welcome you to our Roman Catholic parishes throughout New Mexico and encourage you to use the services offered at the Parish level, Diocesan level, and other Catholic social services such as Project Rachel.
Archbishop John C. Wester, Bishop Oscar Cantu, and Bishop James S. Wall
Below is the full statement from Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston:
Pope Francis has called abortion the product of a “widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” The recent news stories concerning Planned Parenthood direct our attention to two larger issues involving many institutions in our society. The first is abortion itself: a direct attack on human life in its most vulnerable condition. The second is the now standard practice of obtaining fetal organs and tissues though abortion. Both actions fail to respect the humanity and dignity of human life. This fact should be the center of attention in the present public controversy.
If the Planned Parenthood news coverage has caused anyone to experience revived trauma from their own involvement in abortion, be assured that any and all persons will be welcomed with compassion and assistance though the Church’s post-abortion healing ministry, Project Rachel. If you or someone you know would like confidential, nonjudgmental help, please visit www.projectrachel.com.